It’s probably your first time building your PC and you probably don’t want to mess it up. One of the worst things that can happen when building a PC is messing up and breaking one of the parts due to a static shock, but is wearing an anti-static wrist strap really necessary?
Anti-static wrist straps are not needed when building a PC. As long as you stay away from static surfaces such as carpet, and keep yourself grounded, which can be done by making contact with your PSU, or a metal surface.
Even though anti-static wrist straps aren’t necessary for building a PC, there are certain situations in which you might want to have and use one just in case.
I will be going through how anti-static equipment works and how it can protect your computer when building it.
Do Anti-Static Mats/Wrist Straps Protect Your Pc
The Short Answer is yes, anti-static mats and wrist straps protect your computer components from getting a static shock from your body, which can result in damaging one of your components like RAM, CPU, and Motherboard.
The way they do this is by transferring the static from your body else whereinto the mat, gloves, or whatever anti-static device you are using.
How to Ground Yourself Without Anti-Static Equipment When Building a Pc.
One reason why you might not need to use any anti-static equipment when you’re building your first computer is that there are actually many different ways to ground yourself without needing to buy extra equipment.
Use Your PSU/Power Supply
The most common way to ground yourself when building a computer is to install and plug in your PSU/Power Supply.
What this will do is allow you to transfer the static electricity in your body, into the power supply that moves it into the electrical outlet.
When using this method you need to be careful and make sure you don’t leave your power supply on because that can damage your system and might even hurt you.
Although this isn’t exactly a way to ground yourself, this will prevent static from going inside your body in the first place.
Wearing boots especially if you’re building your computer on your carpet is a very smart idea.
The reason for this is because carpets are very static, and especially if you’re wearing socks the static from the carpet will transfer into your body.
However, if you’re wearing boots, they will prevent the static in the carpet from transferring into your body preventing any damage that it can cause to your computer.
Any Metal Object
If forever reason you are not able to ground yourself by touching your power supply; getting in contact with any metal surface will be just fine.
Touching your computer case is probably the easiest thing to do, but if your case is made up of mostly plastic then touching even a metal doorknob will do the trick
The reason for this is that static electricity is attracted to metal surfaces.
You can see why this can be bad when building your computer.
What Pc Parts are Most Sensitive to Static Electricity?
Your RAM sticks, CPU, and Motherboard are the computer components that are the most sensitive to ESD (electrostatic shock).
This is because they have many small circuits, chips, and switches that can become short-circuited, or malfunction if they come in contact is ESD.
When building your computer you should make sure not to come in contact with the sensitive parts of these components to avoid any accidental destruction of your computer.
This includes CPU pins, RAM slots, and all the little circuits and switches on your motherboard.
Is Static Really That Dangerous to Your Pc?
All in all, static is not that dangerous when building your computer because many modern computer parts come manufactured with systems that prevent ESD from frying and ruining the component.
Even if a big static charge comes in contact with a very sensitive part of your pc it is still very unlikely that it will be damaged.
A test has been done by Linus Tech Tips where he tried to damage his computer by inflicting static charges that are way more dangerous than a normal static shock you will get from rubbing a balloon on your head.
This proves that static isn’t really that dangerous to your pc.